\ˈlȯft \

Definition of loft 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic

2a : a gallery in a church or hall

b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft

c : hayloft

3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head

b : the act of lofting

4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft

2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket

3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air

2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ˈlȯft-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

attic, garret

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

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Examples of loft in a Sentence


The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft.


He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the time of the incident, Hariri was 24 and living with a boyfriend in a loft in downtown Los Angeles. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon accused of sexual assault," 11 July 2018 Delilah Belle Hamlin is moving on up — to her own Tribeca loft apartment! Maria Pasquini,, "Lisa Rinna's Daughter Delilah Belle Hamlin Shows Off Her Swanky NYC Apartment — See the Photos!," 3 July 2018 Filmed in the fab five’s loft in Atlanta, the proposal video has William playing someone very similar to Joseph Fiennes’ interpretation of William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love., "Did Queer Eye Just Pull Off The Perfect Proposal?," 15 June 2018 Zeke Horowitz, who works with Todd at the North Sails-Chesapeake loft in Eastport, stands third with 37 points after getting the gun twice and overcoming a Z flag penalty in Race 3., "Digest (May 4): Brigade upends defending Arena Football League champ," 4 May 2018 Their projects have included maintaining the Judd Foundation, Judd’s compound in Marfa, Texas, and restoring the artist’s loft in Manhattan. Kyle Chayka, Town & Country, "Executor's Song: The Tricky Business of Choosing Someone to Oversee Your Estate When You're Gone," 18 Oct. 2017 Longform is based in a loft in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, in the kind of open-floor plan currently en vogue in Silicon peaks, plains and valleys across the land. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Serious Reporting Thriving on the Internet, Despite Predictions," 15 Sep. 2014 This loft is the whole fourth floor of the historic Westinghouse Building. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Former Corktown bachelor pad is now a loft fit for the whole family," 14 July 2018 Following the concert, some retreated back to the three-floor loft for intimate performances by Kelsey Kartel and Thutmose, also TH3RD BRAIN artists. Nicole Pajer, Billboard, "Winston House & 2332 Collective Make Sure West LA Music Scene Doesn't Fade Away," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Paolo Guerrero latched onto a long ball, and waited before lofting a pass towards Andre Carrillo, who thunderous volley found the corner of the net., "Australia 0-2 Peru: Socceroos Eliminated as Incas Bid Farewell With First World Cup Win in 40 Years," 26 June 2018 Moments after subbing back into the contest, the midfielder lofted a shot that dropped perfectly between the hands of Ryg and the crossbar. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State soccer: Sheboygan North shuts out Muskego in Division 1 semifinal," 14 June 2018 Masen Hibbeler lofted a single to shallow center field to drive home Kody Clemens for UT's first run. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Kody Clemens' walkoff homer lifts UT over TCU," 18 May 2018 Pujols didn't make great contact but was strong enough to loft the ball over the infield and into right. CBS News, "Albert Pujols becomes 32nd member of 3,000-hit club with hit against Mariners," 5 May 2018 Then with the count full, York induced Smith to loft a routine fly ball to Jasie Roberts in left field to end the threat. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Deer capture bi-district softball championship," 28 Apr. 2018 After several opportunities, Lingard lofted a ball in, and Dele Alli was unmarked for a header. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "England Takes Another Step Toward Bringing ‘It’ Home," 8 July 2018 The physics seem to work on Pluto, too, and particles lofted this way would be free to blow in Pluto’s meager wind. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Frozen Pluto has wind-blown dunes made of methane sand," 31 May 2018 The Reign took their lead back on a penalty kick from former Thorn Jodie Taylor, but Lindsey Horan answered a few minutes later when Meghan Klingenberg lofted a ball into the box for Horan to head in. Caitlin Murray,, "Portland Thorns fall to Seattle Reign in wild shootout," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things

: a high section of seats in a church or hall

: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


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Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building

2 : a balcony in a church

3 : an upper part of a barn

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